What is a flexible learning space?
A flexible learning space allows a range of people to use the same space in a variety of ways to best suit their learning style.
For some universities, this means creating social learning spaces or break-away areas for group study. Others create versatile environments to be shared by multiple faculties, giving tutors and staff freedom to use the spaces for a range of teaching styles, from lectures to workshops.
When planning flexible work space in areas such as libraries or common areas, you can be more creative with the space you have.
Offering a flexible and agile working environment that maximises space is essential, and when building space is at premium cost, getting the most out of the space an absolute must.
Why flexible learning is important?
More and more universities are offering the same courses and information services these days, so information technology plays an important role attracting students to each university.
Creating spaces which cater for a variety of learning styles or teaching models allows students and staff to make the best use of the spaces available.
It is also becoming apparent that students find it far easier to study on campus than go off campus.
These spaces are particularly important when reducing the digital divide. Ensuring all students can not only have access to a laptop or similar device, but also to a productive study environment.
Why use charging lockers in flexible learning spaces?
Charging lockers can be used to manage a variety of devices, giving staff and students the options to use the technology which best suits their needs, at any time.
Self-service charging lockers take up minimal floorspace, giving you the freedom to create the perfect environments for your students and staff.
Offering a variety of devices gives your users access to the widest range of technology possible. This can be done easily with charging lockers, which can house all types of items such as laptops, Chromebooks and tablets, or just serve as charging bays for students to use for their own devices.
Automating loans and providing self-service allows users to have 24/7 access to the technology they need with no staff intervention. This means students can access technology outside of library opening times. It eliminates the need to have staff manually loaning laptops, saving staff time and waiting time for students.
Managing technology in flexible working spaces
We are increasingly seeing universities and colleges swapping PCs for laptops or similar small devices.
Not only does this free up space previously taken up by PC desks and static workstations, but these devices are also ideal for collaborative and flexible working.
Fully charged devices such as laptops, Chromebooks and tablets can be automatically loaned to borrowers without staff interaction. What’s more, each bay can be networked to allow IT technicians the ability to update all the devices from a remote location.
The LapSafe® Diplomat™ always deploys the ‘best charged device’ and the ‘Availability Dashboard’ allows users to see exactly what devices are available. The dashboard also allows administrators to run a range of reports, such as what lockers are being used and what the peak times are.
So, if you are re-thinking your learning spaces and want to make the most out of the space you have, take a look at the LapSafe® Diplomat™ – you won’t be disappointed.